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Islamic World News ( 14 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Javed Akhtar gets death threat for criticising Deoband fatwa against working women

Opting for insurance un-Islamic: Darul Uloom Deoband

Stop frequent fatwas: Clerics to Deoband

Muslim bodies plan campaign against fatwa

25 killed in double bomb attack at football match in Iraq

Iranian Activist Wins Award for Advancing Liberty

‘A cop said my beard got me here  

Filmmakers in Indonesia Share Women's Stories about Life under Islamic Law

Indonesian militants 'planned to kill Barack Obama'

Delhi serial blasts: Chargesheet filed against 2 suspects

Militants regrouping in PoK to cross over to India

Anti-Islamic sentiments surface in wake of restrictions on veils

Burqa debate stokes passion in N. Africa

French Burqa ban could face legal challenge

Same-gotra marriage legal, court had ruled 65 years ago

Sohrabuddin case: Fearing for life, Prajapati wrote thrice to judge

LeTs Gulf network far wider: Intel agencies

Campaign against Eid diktat

Digvijay blasts Hindutva hardliners

LeT's Gulf arm funded 26/11, Bangalore blasts?

This woman wages a lone battle against khaps

Next big terrorist attack on US will be postmarked 'Pakistan': CIA analyst

Spanish judge who indicted Osama, Pinochet suspended

Shahzad used hawala system to fund terror plot

3 Pakistanis held in US for giving money to Shahzad

Pak woman to marry fiancé on death row

Days before Mecca Masjid anniversary, masked bikers fire at Hyderabad picket, kill constable

Pakistani Taliban a terrorist organisation: Holder

Progress made on Iran sanctions: US

Qaeda Vows Blood-Soaked Days Ahead

Pak detainee admits he aided NY bomber

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan says ‘America will burn’

Sri Lanka seeks increase in Haj pilgrim quota

Israeli Soldiers Continue To Use Children As Human Shields

Keep `outsiders' out of J&K census: Separatists         

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Javed Akhtar gets death threat for criticising Deoband fatwa

May 15, 2010

Lyricist and Rajya Sabha member Javed Akhtar on Saturday lodged a case with the Mumbai police after he received an e-mail threat for criticising a fatwa banning women working with men.

In the complaint, Akhtar said that he received an email in which it was stated that the countdown to his end has begun. The email also dared Akhtar to try to save himself if he could.

On Tuesday, the Darul Uloom Deoband, in a Talibanesque fatwa, decreed that it is 'haram' and illegal according to the Sharia for a family to accept a woman's earnings.

Clerics at the world's second largest Sunni Muslim seminary said the decree flowed from the fact that the Sharia prohibited the proximity of men and women at the workplace.

The e-mail taunted Akhtar, claiming he is a Muslim only in name and is actually a Jewish agent.  Reportedly, the e-mail signed by one Aneesul Islam accuses Akhtar of hurting Muslim sentiments with his comments.

The email said Akhtar could ignore the Ulema's orders if he wished, but he should not have said the fatwa was irrelevant.

The threat to Akhtar comes on the heels of a group of clerics criticising his anti-fatwa comments.

The clerics said that since Akhtar was not an authority on Islam, he should not comment on Islamic affairs.

Akhtar had opposed the Darul Uloom Deoband's fatwa and apparently described muftis as insane.

http://news.rediff.com/report/2010/may/15/javed-akhtar-gets-death-threat-for-criticising-deoband-fatwa.htm

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Opting for insurance un-Islamic: Darul Uloom Deoband

May 15, 2010

LUCKNOW: After its fatwa that working in banks is un-Islamic, the Darul Uloom Deoband has now declared that opting for an insurance policy too went against the tenets of Islam.

The "insurance policy is unlawful as it is based on interest and gambling," claimed the fatwa issued by the country's largest Islamic seminary.

The edict issued by Darul Ifta department of Darul Uloom seminary was in response to a query whether it is lawful to take an insurance policy in the light of the sharia.

Millions of Muslims in India opt for insurance policies which is a contract that pledges payment of an amount to a person assured or his nominee against losses or perils.

"The clerics who issue fatwas should also explain the context in which it is being issued to avoid any confusion," Maulana Afroz Mujtaba, a Delhi-based cleric, said.

Meanwhile, leading Islamic body Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind's spokesman Abdul Hameed Nomani said that fatwas should not be generalised and they should be seen in the context in which they have been issued.

"People must read between the lines and not generalise the fatwas," Nomani said.

Earlier, Darul Uloom had declared the job of writing and calculating interest based work in banks and insurance companies as un-Islamic. The fatwa was in response to whether Muslims can do job in bank or insurance company.

The recent fatwas have drawn flak from many clerics and progressive leaders.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Opting-for-insurance-un-Islamic-Darul-Uloom-Deoband/articleshow/5933218.cms

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Stop frequent fatwas: Clerics to Darul

May 15, 2010

Lucknow: No more fatwas at the drop of a hat,please. This is the terse message of a few clerics and common Muslims in Lucknow to Islamic seminary Darul Uloom,Deoband,in Saharanpur.Its obvious that the fatwas issued by Darul Ifta have turned off many in Muslim society who find the diktats distasteful.

First,it was the issue of Muslim women in jobs and earning.Then,there was one against earning from investments in the stock market.The latest one advises Muslims to leave bank jobs and stop dealing in liquor.Each one of these fatwas has unleashed a

controversy.Whats the need of issuing fatwas on every other question.And then why leave it on the internet to create a controversy asked leading Shia cleric Maulana Yasoof Abbas.It should be limited and not appear to be a sweeping statement on the entire Muslim community, he said,adding,If as muftis,its their duty to issue fatwa,then,as Muslims,its their responsibility to ensure that fatwas do not show Muslims in bad light. The in-charge of the Firangi Mehel Darul Ifta in Lucknow,Maulana Khalid Rasheed,says,Fatwas are an interpretation of Islamic teachings from a certified scholar.These are meant for a specific situation limited to an individual,

not for the rest of the community to follow. Maulana Khalid,who is a member of the executive committee of All-India Muslim Personal Law Board,said,Suppose a Muslim woman has no option but to work in an office for her livelihood and survival.What would their ban on Muslim women in jobs lead to

Imtiyaz Ali,a local businessman,said,People at Deoband should consider the fact that their fatwa did not create controversies earlier.Something must be wrong for all this to be happening now.

Times of India

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Muslim bodies plan campaign against fatwa

S Balakrishnan

May 15, 2010

Mumbai: A national campaign will be launched against the fatwa issued recently by the Darul-Uloom,Deoband,which prohibits Muslims from celebrating Eid Miladun Nabi or the Prophets birthday.In a statement issued here at a press conference on Friday,Maulana Mansoor Ali of the All India Sunni Jamiatul Ulema and Mohammed Saeed Noorie of the Raza Academy said this fatwa has been rejected outright by the Muslim masses.

They alleged that the Dar-ul-Uloom,the Wahhabis and the Ahle Hadees have been asking Muslims not to celebrate his birthday.These sects are free to stay away from the celebrations of the birthday.But they cannot impose their views on the rest of the community, Noorie stated.

Full report at:

Times of India

 

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25 killed in double bomb attack at football match in Iraq

May 15, 2010

MOSUL: A double bomb attack at a football match in northern Iraq, which was unprotected by security forces, killed 25 people on Friday in the second incident this week to cause mass casualties.

The explosion, which also left 120 people wounded according to hospital officials, occurred at around 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) in Tal Afar, 380 kilometres (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a police officer told AFP.

Eyewitnesses said around 250 people were watching the game when the attackers struck and that no police or soldiers were on duty.

"We heard a loud explosion and the people behind me shielded me from the shrapnel," said spectator Hussein Nashad, 29.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5932829.cms?prtpage=1

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Iranian Activist Wins Award for Advancing Liberty

Ravi Khanna

May 15, 2010

Iranian opposition activist Akbar Ganji has won the Milton Friedman Award for Advancing Liberty, named after the famous American economist, now deceased. 

Iranian opposition activist and journalist, Akbar Ganji, received the award in Washington Thursday night. 

Ganji spent six years in top security Evin Prison for exposing the Islamic government's alleged involvement in the murder of five Iranian dissidents. He was released in 2006 and left Iran.

But the protests against President Ahmadinejad's controversial re-election last year, inspired activists like Ganji to  further oppose the Islamic government in Tehran. 

Full report at:

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Iranian-Activist-Wins-Award-for-Advancing-Liberty-93816724.html

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`A cop said my beard got me here

Astha Saxena and Suhas Munshi

May 15, 2010

Dressed in a traditional Muslim attire, 50-year-old madarsa teacher Noor-ul-Huda walked out of Tihar jail on Friday evening with a grim face.

It was his appearance -- a beard, a white kurta pyjama and a skull cap -- that led to him spending almost 60 hours in jail, facing a volley of questions on his background and education.

Huda was offloaded from an Emirates flight and later arrest- ed when an NRI woman on the adjacent seat heard him say “15-20 minute mein jahaj udne wala hai“.

This can be translated both as “the plane will take off in 15- 20 minutes“ and “the plane will blow up in 15-20 minutes“.

Huda was on his way to deliv- er a religious lecture in Dubai when he was arrested on Wednesday.

Full report at:

Hindustan Times

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Filmmakers in Indonesia Share Women's Stories About Life Under Islamic Law

Sara Schonhardt

May 15, 2010

Customers browse for Muslim headscarves at a shop in a mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 22, 2010

Islamic law has been raising questions in Indonesia, a Muslim-majority nation where some provinces are adopting regulations based on Sharia, or Islamic, principles. Human rights groups, however, warn that the laws often are enforced unfairly, particularly for women. Filmmakers in Indonesia have recently released documentaries to show the effects Islamic law has on women.

The film opens with shots of a market, where mannequins in tight-fitting T-shirts contrast with girls in long skirts and headscarves. The sight is common in Aceh Province, which gained the right to implement Sharia law as a part of a peace accord with the Indonesian government.

Full report at:

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Filmmakers-in-Indonesia-Share-Womens-Stories-About-Life-Under-Islamic-Law-93262079.html

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Indonesian militants 'planned to kill Barack Obama'

By Barney Henderson in Kuala Lumpur

May 15, 2010

Indonesian militants plotted to kill Barack Obama during a state visit, kill their own president and launch a series of Mumbai-style attacks on foreigners, according to officials.

Police sources said the group planned to kill Barack Obama on his visit to Indonesia next month Photo: AP

The group hatched an intricate plot to trigger a swathe of high profile attacks in Jakarta on August 17th, Indonesia's independence day, assassinate President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and declare an Islamic state ruled by Sharia law on the same day in a jihadi coup.

 "They planned to target the Indonesian president, state officials and foreign guests," national Police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri said at a press conference.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/indonesia/7725108/Indonesian-militants-planned-to-kill-Barack-Obama.html

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Delhi serial blasts: Chargesheet filed against 2 suspects

May 15, 2010

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on Saturday filed a chargesheet against two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists accused of involvement in the 2008 Delhi serial blasts.

The chargesheet against Salman Ahmad and Mohammed Shahzad was submitted in a sealed cover to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja. The court will take it up May 20.

Baweja May 5 allowed police 10 days' time to file a chargesheet against Shahzad and Salman, arrested in February and March this year respectively.

Out of the 14 arrested, Shahzad, Salman and Hakim are in Tihar jail here. Nine other accused arrested in this case are at present in a Gujarat jail for investigations into their alleged roles in serial blasts in Ahmedabad. A series of bomb blasts rocked the capital Sep 13, 2008, killing 26 people and leaving 135 others injured.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Delhi/Delhi-serial-blasts-Chargesheet-filed-against-2-suspects/articleshow/5934887.cms

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Militants regrouping in PoK to cross over to India

May 15, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Militants have regrouped in large numbers in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and are crossing the Line of Control to sneak into the Indian side of the Himalayan region, local residents and political leaders have said.

The militants have regrouped and launched jehadi activities in the Neelum valley on the Pakistani side of the LoC, local politician Arif Shahid said. Local residents and Shahid said the militants were not from PoK.

"Jihadi activities have been restarted during the last few weeks," said Shahid, the secretary general of the All Parties National Alliance.

"Most of the activities are concentrated in the Neelum valley along the LoC," Shahid told the BBC.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Militants-regrouping-in-PoK-to-cross-over-to-India/articleshow/5934467.cms

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Anti-Islamic sentiments surface in wake of restrictions on veils

By Edward Cody

May 15, 2010

BRUSSELS -- Since she started wearing a full Islamic veil six weeks ago, Selma said, she has been stared at, frowned at, muttered to, mocked as a "ghost" and forced by a policeman to lift her veil to show her face.

"In Belgium, it is forbidden to carry your religious convictions to their logical conclusion," the 22-year-old Brussels woman said, speaking on the condition that her full name not be used to avoid trouble for her family.

These are uneasy times for the estimated 15 million Muslims of Western Europe, not only for fundamentalists such as Selma, but also for the vast majority who want to find their place as Muslims without confronting the Christian and secular traditions of the continent they have adopted as home.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/14/AR2010051405282.html

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Burqa debate stokes passion in N. Africa

May 15, 2010

ALGIERS/RABAT: A French proposal to ban full-face veils has stoked debate in Europe and also provoked strong reactions across the Mediterranean in North Africa, where many of France’s Muslims trace their origins.

Former French colonies Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia are still tied to France by history, language and migration, so their views on the “burqa” issue could have a direct influence on how Muslims inside France react to a ban.

People in North Africa are split between those who see the proposed ban — a version of which has already been approved by Belgium’s lower house of Parliament — as an attack on Islam, and those who applaud Europe for defending secular values.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article53704.ece

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French Burqa ban could face legal challenge

May 15, 2010

PARIS: France’s top legal advisory body has once again raised questions over the legal viability of a bill to ban full Muslim veils in public, just days before it is put before the cabinet.

The government is expected to present legislation next week to outlaw face-covering veils on the grounds that they are demeaning to women, even though experts have warned that such a prohibition could violate religious freedom.

The Council of State, which advises on the preparation of new laws and orders, earlier this year said introducing such a ban would threaten rights guaranteed under both the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Paris dailyLe Figaro reported on Friday the advisory body had again come to the same conclusion after a meeting with government officials on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=239327

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Same-gotra marriage legal, court had ruled 65 years ago

RONOJOY SEN

May 15, 2010

NEW DELHI: The sustained effort by aggressive khap panchayats and their influential political backers to force leading political parties to have a rethink on same gotra marriages is patently illegal. Sixty-five years ago, in 1945, the issue was settled by the Bombay High Court which categorically declared same gotra marriages were legal. And that's been the law of the land since.

In wake of the khap panchayat's defiance of the law, not only have top politicians like Om Prakash Chautala and Naveen Jindal caved in - no doubt to retain the political support of these medieval organisations - but national parties like BJP, too, have been wavering. The BJP on Thursday talked about building a "consensus" on the issue, indicating there was scope for modifying the legal view on same-gotra marriages. Even the Congress is said to be keeping its cards close to the chest.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Same-gotra-marriage-legal-court-had-ruled-65-years-ago/articleshow/5932546.cms

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Sohrabuddin case: Fearing for life, Prajapati wrote thrice to judge

May 15, 2010

JAIPUR: Even before Tulsiram Prajapati was killed by Gujarat police in an alleged encounter on December 28, 2006 in Banaskantha, he had written at least three letters to district judge Udaipur foretelling his possible stage-managed murder.

He had also alleged that during a remand period, Gujarat cops had administered an injection laced with some fatal substance on him after which he fell unconscious at least once and felt weak most of the time. TOI is in possession of his letters.

Prajapati had alleged that the police of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra had connived to eliminate him.

Only 14 days after writing the last letter, Prajapati was killed in an alleged encounter on December 28, 2006, before CID (Crime) probing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh's fake encounter case could record his statement. Prajapati is said to be the only eye-witness in the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauserbi.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sohrabuddin-case-Fearing-for-life-Prajapati-wrote-thrice-to-judge/articleshow/5932834.cms

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LeTs Gulf network far wider: Intel agencies

Josy Joseph

May 15, 2010

New Delhi: Early this week,home minister P Chidambaram suggested that India needed to redefine cross-border terrorism since it was not just from Pakistan but extends beyond to the Middle-East.

Officials in the security establishment said the home ministers reference to Middle-East wasnt just an off-the-cuff remark but a reflection of recent realisation about the sprawling operations of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and its sympathisers in the Gulf region.

Terror operatives in the Gulf have had a far more significant role in orchestrating several of the recent terror attacks than what was known until recently,sources in the security establishment said.They funded the serial blasts in Bangalore in 2008 and assisted the escape of its mastermind Tadiyantavide Naseer to Bangladesh,and probably had a significant role in the 26/11 attacks.More noticeably,most of the intercepts of terror communications in recent times too show intricate links to the Gulf region.

Full report at:

Times of India

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Campaign against Eid diktat

May 15, 2010

A national campaign will be launched against the fatwa issued recently by the Dar-ul-Uloom, Deoband, which prohibits Muslims from celebrating Eid Miladun Nabi or the Propet's birthday.

Maulana Mansoor Ali of All India Sunni Jamiatul Ulema and Mohammed Saeed Noorie of Raza Academy told a press conference her on Friday that this fatwa has been rejected outright by Muslims.

They alleged Dar-ul-Uloom, Wahhabis and Ahle Hadees have been asking Muslims not to celebrate his birthday.

"These sects are free to stay away from the celebrations of the birthday. But they cannot impose their views on the rest of the community," Noorie stated.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Campaign-against-Eid-diktat/articleshow/5933168.cms

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Digvijay blasts Hindutva hardliners

May 15, 2010

NEW DELHI: Using Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik's boast of causing riots for cash as a backdrop, Congress on Friday sharpened its attack on hardline Hindutva outfits blaming them for blasts around the country over the past few years. Party general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters that since 2002, a number of explosions had been caused by such rabid saffron forces at sensitive places.

In this context, he recalled the blasts at Ajmer, Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid and the Samjhauta Express.

Accusing Karnataka chief minister B S Yedyurappa of being in tune with the Ram Sene, Singh said, "He does not have the courage to arrest Muthalik." He alleged that the BJP would not hesitate to create a communal divide to come to power in a state.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Digvijay-blasts-Hindutva-hardliners/articleshow/5933125.cms

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LeT's Gulf arm funded 26/11, Bangalore blasts?

Josy Joseph

May 15, 2010

NEW DELHI: Early this week, home minister P Chidambaram suggested that India needed to redefine cross-border terrorism since it was not just from Pakistan but "extends beyond to the Middle East". Officials in the security establishment said the home minister's reference to Middle East wasn't just an off-the-cuff remark but a reflection of recent realization about the sprawling operations of Lashkar-e-Taiba and its sympathizers in the Gulf region.

Terror operatives in the Gulf have had a far more significant role in orchestrating several of the recent terror attacks than what was known until recently, sources in the security establishment said. They funded the serial blasts in Bangalore in 2008 and assisted the escape of its mastermind Tadiyantavide Naseer to Bangladesh, and probably had a significant role in the 26/11 attacks. More noticeably, most of the intercepts of terror communications in recent times too show intricate links to the Gulf region.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/LeTs-Gulf-arm-funded-26/11-Bangalore-blasts/articleshow/5932847.cms

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This woman wages a lone battle against khaps

Sukhbir Siwach

May 15, 2010

CHANDIGARH: Top politicians kowtow to them. The police watch from a distance when they hold their mahapanchayats. Lovers shiver at their mention. But, if the dreaded khap panchayats in Haryana's badlands fear anyone, it's a 50-year-old woman — a former international volleyball player — who is contemptuous of their diktats.

Three decades ago, when three girls from rural Haryana could not join Jagmati Sangwan to represent India in volleyball for Asiad because they were married off by their parents, it marked a turning point in her career: the beginning of a long struggle against oppression of women.

It pained her when India returned with a bronze as she believed the three girls would have got the country gold. What rankled her more was the fate of numerous girls in Haryana whose cause she then took up with a gusto.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/This-woman-wages-a-lone-battle-against-khaps/articleshow/5932833.cms

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Next big terrorist attack on US will be postmarked 'Pakistan': CIA analyst

May 15, 2010

WASHINGTON: A former CIA analyst, who helped President Barack Obama formulate his Pakistan-Afghanistan policy, sees "a very serious possibility that the next mass casualty terrorist attack on the United States will be postmarked Pakistan."

"What we're seeing going on in Pakistan now is a very dangerous phenomenon," says Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, in an interview with the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington think tank.

"The ideology of al Qaida, the ideology of global Islamic jihad that all jihadists should focus on the United States as the ultimate enemy, is gaining ground with groups beyond al Qaida," said Riedel, who chaired a special interagency committee last year to develop Obama's Af-Pak policy.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/US/Next-big-terrorist-attack-on-US-will-be-postmarked-Pakistan-CIA-analyst/articleshow/5933520.cms

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Spanish judge who indicted Osama, Pinochet suspended

May 15, 2010

MADRID: The crusading Spanish judge who indicted Augusto Pinochet and Osama bin Laden was suspended on Friday for allegedly overstepping his jurisdiction in a probe of one of Spain's biggest cases -- atrocities committed during and after the nation's ruinous civil war.

The punishment could effectively end Judge Baltasar Garzon's career.

The decision was made unanimously by a judicial oversight board called the General Council of the Judiciary after an emergency meeting about Garzon, said its spokeswoman, Gabriela Bravo.

Supporters chanted, cheered and clapped later as Garzon emerged from the nearby National Court, where he works. He hugged co-workers and appeared to be holding back tears before getting into a bulletproof limousine and riding away.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Europe/Spanish-judge-who-indicted-Osama-Pinochet-suspended/articleshow/5931925.cms

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Shahzad used hawala system to fund terror plot

May 15, 2010

New York : South Asians often use an informal network of brokers, called "hawala," to transfer money over long distances when it is too inconvenient or dangerous to send cash by courier.

The centuries-old system is used to move billions of dollars in and out of countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia – often to the chagrin of U.S. law enforcement.

A law enforcement official said that terror suspect Faisal Shahzad is believed to have tapped into such a network to help fund a plot to detonate a car bomb in Times Square. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Authorities say three men helped get money to Shahzad although they might not have known how the money was going to be used.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/shahzad-used-hawala-system-to-fund-terror-plot/618867/

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3 Pakistanis held in US for giving money to Shahzad

S Rajagopalan

May 15, 2010

US federal agents have arrested three Pakistanis in coordinated raids in several cities for arranging funds for Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani American in custody for the bid to bomb Times Square.

American officials also spoke of the arrest of one person in Pakistan with connections to the Pakistani Taliban, who acted as an accomplice of Shahzad during his five-month visit to the country for training in bomb-making.

The three Pakistanis rounded up in the US raids are being held for immigration violations and have not been charged with any terrorism-related crimes, pending further investigations to establish if they knew the funds were meant to commit a terrorist act.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/256046/3-Pakistanis-held-in-US-for-giving-money-to-Shahzad.html

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Pak woman to marry fiance on death row

May 15, 2010

A court has allowed a woman to marry her fiance who is currently on death row in a prison in this eastern Pakistani city and directed authorities to make arrangements for the wedding. Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court has accepted Laiba Saher’s plea to be allowed to marry her fiance, Muhammad Attique, who was given the death sentence and is incarcerated in Kot Lakhpat jail.

However, the judge did not allow Saher to take a wedding band inside the jail.

He directed the prison’s superintendent to arrange for a nikha khwan (marriage registrar) to conduct the wedding. Saher was engaged to Attique in her childhood.

She told the judge that she wanted to marry Attique but the jail authorities were not allowing her to do so.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/255980/Pak-woman-to-marry-fiance-on-death-row.html

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Days before Mecca Masjid anniversary, masked bikers fire at Hyderabad picket, kill constable

May 15 2010

Hyderabad : Three masked men on a motorcycle opened unprovoked fire at a police picket in Hyderabad’s old city this evening, killing a Constable. Soon afterwards, rumours — which proved unfounded — of a terrorist attack swept through other parts of the city, triggering panic.

Police sources said they suspected the banned SIMI in the attack, timed to create panic ahead of the third anniversary of the Mecca Masjid bombing on May 18. A constable of the Andhra Pradesh Home Guards had been killed in a similar attack around the same time last year.

Friday’s attack took place at Khilawat, close to Volga Café in the Shah Ali Banda neighbourhood, in the Hussaini Alam police station area. Constables at the picket returned fire, but the assailants escaped, said Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan. The dead policeman has been identified as Constable Ramesh Kumar from Chittoor district, belonging to the 11th Batallion of the AP State Police.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/days-before-mecca-masjid-anniversary-masked-bikers-fire-at-hyderabad-picket-kill-constable/619232/

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Pakistani Taliban a terrorist organisation: Holder

May 15, 2010

Washington : The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is a terrorist organisation, even if it has not been officially designated yet, a top US official has told his lawmakers.

The US now says that the Pakistani Taliban was responsible for the failed Times Square bomb attempt on May 1, in which a Pakistani-American, Faisal Shahzad, 30, has been arrested by federal authorities.

Following this, several US lawmakers have urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate Pakistani Taliban a foreign terrorist organisation.

The State Department has said that it is actively considering it and it is only a matter of completing the legal formalities.

"As I say, if not technically designated, they (Pakistani Taliban) are certainly a terrorist organisation," US Attorney General Eric Holder told Congressmen in his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistani-taliban-a-terrorist-organisation-holder/618794/

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Progress made on Iran sanctions: US

May 15, 2010

United Nations : The US has claimed progress in imposing sanctions against Iran for its nuclear programme, saying it is engaging with China and Russia on the issue for an early UN Security Council resolution.

"We've had very constructive and cooperative working relationships with China and Russia," said Susan Rice, US's envoy to the UN "I think we're making progress."

The P5 and Germany have been meeting regularly in New York to draft a resolution that will impose a fourth round of sanctions against Iran for alleged violations of the NPT.

The US and other Western country suspect that Tehran is using its nuclear programme to make a bomb while Iran insists that its activities are peaceful.

"We're working intensively and the pace of our efforts are driven by the urgency we attach to an early and meaningful Security Council resolution," Rice said, noting the US also maintained the right to impose sanctions unilaterally or bilaterally.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/progress-made-on-iran-sanctions-us/618882/

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Qaeda Vows Blood-Soaked Days Ahead

Kumar Chellappan

May 15, 2010

Al Qaeda in Iraq’s new leader warned Shia on Friday that “dark days soaked with blood” lie ahead and that a new campaign of attacks was under way.

The warning comes just days after Iraq was wracked by the worst attack this year, a series of coordinated bombings and assassinations that killed 119 people — most of them Shia and members of the security forces — across 10 cities.

The Iraqi insurgent umbrella group, the Islamic State of Iraq, named al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman as its new minister of war, replacing the Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri, killed in a US-Iraqi military strike on a safe house in April.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/qaeda-vows-blood-soaked-days-ahead-169

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Pak detainee admits he aided NY bomber

May 15 2010

Islamabad/New York, May 14: A Pakistani man detained in Pakistan has told interrogators that he is an accomplice of the man arrested over planting a bomb in New York’s Times Square, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The paper cited US officials as saying the suspect’s arrest had not been previously disclosed, and that he has provided an “independent stream” of evidence linking the Pakistani Taliban to the failed attack and admitted to helping Faisal Shahzad travel to remote tribal areas for training.

“What they said has been corroborated by other evidence,” a senior law enforcement source told the Post. A US intelligence official told the newspaper that the suspect “is believed to have a connection to the TTP (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan),” an abbreviation for the Pakistani Tailban.

Full report at:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/international/pak-detainee-admits-he-aided-ny-bomber-755

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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan says ‘America will burn’

15 May, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban warned the US on Friday that it will soon “burn” while calling for Pakistan’s rulers to be overthrown for following “America’s agenda”. The US is convinced that the Pakistani Taliban allied with al Qaeda and operating out of northwestern Pakistani border regions were behind an attempted car bomb attack in New York’s Times Square on May 1. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing. If confirmed, it would be the first time their members were involved in an attempted attack in the West. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq, in a video message obtained by Reuters, repeated a claim of responsibility, saying: “The movement proved what America could not have even imagined. It was just an explosive-laden vehicle which did not explode,” he said. reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\15\story_15-5-2010_pg1_6

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Sri Lanka seeks increase in Haj pilgrim quota

By MD RASOOLDEEN

May 15, 2010

RIYADH: Sri Lanka asked the Kingdom on Thursday to increase its Haj pilgrim quota. The appeal was made by a high-level Lankan delegation led by Sri Lanka’s Haj Affairs Minister Abdul Hameed Mohamed Fowzie, Western Province Gov. Alavi Mowlana and Islamic Affairs Director Y.L.M. Navavi.

Mowlana hailed the efforts of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for offering a wide range of services to foreign pilgrims who visit the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. Sri Lankan Ambassador Ahmed A. Jawad and Consul General Sabarullah Khan also took part in Thursday's negotiations. A new agreement is expected to be signed by Fowzi and Saudi Arabia’s Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsy in Jeddah on Monday.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article53784.ece

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Israeli Soldiers Continue To Use Children As Human Shields

By Palestine Monitor

May 15, 2010

Child organisation DCI-Palestine has documented two new cases of children used as human shields by Israeli soldiers during military operations.

In the old city of Nablus, while searching her house, Dua’a (16) was ordered by Israeli troops to open closets and lift beds, while the soldiers remained metres away: "They moved three metres backward towards the door while aiming their weapons at me… They ordered me to search the closets and other items in the room."

Sabri (14) was forced to walk in front of Israeli soldiers while stones were being hurled at them, during protests on the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day: "They were hiding behind me so I could cover them from the stones. They were shouting and saying in Hebrew 'Throw! Throw!’ to the young men who were throwing stones." According to an article published by Maan News Agency, the Israeli army said it would investigate the allegations.

Full report at:

http://www.countercurrents.org/pmonitor140510.htm

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Keep `outsiders' out of J&K census: Separatists

May 15, 2010

 Separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir are using the issue of census operations starting on Saturday to create the same fear that was seen during the Amarnath land row in 2008.

Leaders such as Syed Ali Shah Geelani have warned cen- sus officers against including people not having state-subject status under Article 370 of the Constitution. “You (employees) are expected to list only state subjects,“ Geelani said.

When land was allotted for Amarnath pilgrims in 2008, sep- aratists whipped up anxiety among people that Hindus from outside the state would settle in the Himalayan heights. The allotment order, issued by the state, had to be rescinded.

The same game is being sought to be replayed. Though it is the census officers' job to include all those who have been living in the state for the past six months, separatists think the overwhelming Muslim- majority character of the state will be lost if that is done.

Full report at:

Hindustan Times

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/javed-akhtar-gets-death-threat-for-criticising-deoband-fatwa-against-working-women/d/2849


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